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Problem

I'm confused about Shutter Stream's support for Sony cameras.  Can you please explain?

Solution

There are three main ways to connect with Sony cameras and they all have different limitations.  Here are the three options:

  1. Discontinued wireless SDK.  In this case the camera needs to be configured as a wireless router and you connect your computer to the Sony camera via the computer's wireless WIFI connection.  This SDK has been discontinued by Sony and no new cameras will be added.  Iconasys continues to use the last version of the available SDK.
  2. USB Connection via the new Sony SDK.
  3. USB Connection via PTP.

1.  Discontinued Wireless SDK

How to Connect Shutter Stream to Sony

It seems Hyper-V on the PC needs to be deactivated for the Sony to connect over its own WiFi remote app. Steps needed:

  1. Go to Start Menu on Windows PC.
  2. Click Settings or Control Panel.
  3. Select Turn Windows Features on or off.
  4. Expand Hyper-V, expand Hyper-V Platform, clear the Hyper-V Hypervisor checkbox.
  5. Click OK. Try again our software.

Shutter Stream supports the following cameras, via the now discontinued wireless SDK:

  •  α7, α7R, α7R II, α7S, α7S II,
  • α5000, α5100,
  • α6000, α6300, α6500,
  • NEX-5R, NEX-5T, NEX-6,
  • HX60, HX80, HX90, HX400,
  • WX500,
  • RX10 II, RX10 III, RX100 III, RX100 IV, RX100 V

Other cameras that are not officially listed in the Wireless Sony SDK support, but which may work:

Iconasys Support

Please note that Iconasys will not provide support for any cameras that are not officially supported by Sony's Wireless SDKs.

2.  USB Connection via the New Sony SDK

There is a new USB SDK being developed by Sony, which includes support for the following cameras:

  • Sony Alpha A7C (aka. ILCE-7C)
  • Sony Alpha A7S III (aka. ILCE-7SM3)
  • Sony Alpha A7R IV (aka. ILCE-7RM4)
  • Sony Alpha A9 II (aka. ILCE-9M2)
  • Tentatively: Alpha1

The new SDK has not yet been integrated into the released version of Shutter Stream, but please contact us if you'd like to be added to the list of beta testers that would be interested in testing these new cameras.  For help connecting to these cameras, via a USB cable, please see this KB:

3.  USB Connection via PTP

The PTP protocol is an open source protocol that supports a wide array of cameras, including many Sony cameras.  We are working on integrating PTP control in Shutter Stream and may release a version of Shutter Stream, with PTP support, by the end of 2021.  The PTP protocol will support a wide range of Sony cameras via a USB connection.  However, there will be limitations to the amount of control available via PTP.  In some cases live view may not be available or camera control will be very limited.  Contact us for more information.